The Veterans Affairs Department May 7 awarded a $200 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for cellular services and devices to AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and A&T Systems.
The Interior Department has awarded a swath of multiple award indefinite delivery, identified quantity contracts for cloud hosting services about two months after the Government Accountability Office denied a protest filed by CenturyLink objecting to the solicitation's terms.
Rules that would restrict the participation of the two largest wireless carriers could reduce Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction proceeds by 40 percent and put First Responder Network funding at risk, a April 30 Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy report (.pdf) says. The FCC currently is developing a two-part auction that enables television broadcasters to voluntarily give up some of their spectrum licenses in a reverse auction so they can be resold to wireless service providers.
AT&T's decision to restrict the use of Apple's FaceTime video-calling application over its cellular data network to customers subscribed to a particular pricing plan "sets a precedent that could have very negative consequences for the vibrant market for mobile applications," according to a case study (.pdf) from the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Advisory Committee Mobile Broadband Working Group.
Internet service providers would have to measure data usage according to federal standards under a bill introduced recently by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The bill (.pdf) would have the Federal Communications Commission establish the standards in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the private sector.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Dec. 10 an agencywide task force to conduct a review and provide recommendations to modernize the commission's policies as the nation's broadband communications migrate from circuit-switched to packet-switched, and from copper to fiber and wireless-based networks.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to accelerate deployments of technology that permits public safety answering points--as 9-1-1 centers are officially known--to receive short message service messages from cell phones, "with major deployments expected in 2013," the FCC says.
The severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy has left some, particularly New York and New Jersey residents, with limited cellphone service. Major wireless carriers issued statements on service disruptions Oct. 30, while acknowledging they are still assessing the extent of the damage.
Agencies selecting wireless contracts could soon have a new tool to reference during the review and award process. The Federal Communications Commission plans to launch a nationwide mobile broadband performance measurement program, according to a Sept. 5 FCC statement.
Resilience in critical infrastructure has gained parity with protection as a concept over the past decade, but there's no standard way to measure it and the Federal Emergency Management Agency does little to directly support it through grants, says the Congressional Research Service. One way to measure it might be the amount of time it takes to fully return to normal operations after a disruption.